Bio

 
Emily working with Andrew Smith (lx designer) on CORIOLANUS: FIGHT LIKE A BITCH.

Emily working with Andrew Smith (lx designer) on CORIOLANUS: FIGHT LIKE A BITCH.

As a director and choreographer who has worked across the US and internationally, Emily is passionate about creating community, fostering positive change, and sharing career-development resources with young artists. During her time as Literary & Artistic Manager at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Emily spearheaded efforts to make the institution a Deaf-friendly space through artistic programming, inclusive casting, meaningful community partnerships, and capital improvements which included the implementation of closed captioning in both main stage spaces. Also at ACT, Emily founded and managed the Kenan Directing Fellowship, which generously supports one emerging director every six months. Through her efforts with RED STAGE, which she founded, Emily has produced the world premiere Worse Than Tigers, and currently commissions one emerging female playwright each year. RED STAGE also shares funding and career development opportunities with artists across disciplines through their "resource library" at redstage.org. As the Creative Director of the bi-costal production company Forward Flux Productions, Emily supports their mission of "producing cool shit" and elevating underrepresented voices in the arts. Emily's directing debut with the company marked Forward Flux's first commitment to ASL-interpreted performances. As an educator, Emily has adjudicated new play festivals at universities and taught courses on acting and movement technique. 

Recent directing credits include CORIOLANUS: Fight Like a Bitch (Rebel Kat Productions), A Christmas Carol (ACT- A Contemporary Theatre), the world premiere of Worse Than Tigers (RED STAGE), Gregory Award-winning Romeo & Juliet (Seattle Immersive Theatre), Pilgrims (Forward Flux), Snowglobed (Playing in Progress) and Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s The Other WomanWandering and their world premiere of the devised play Pot of Gold. Emily has choreographed at Book-It Repertory Theatre (Slaughterhouse Five), Café Nordo (Don Nordo Del Midwest), ACT Theatre (A Christmas Carol), and for the UMO Ensemble's Resistance Cabaret - Resistance is Fertile! 

Emily was born in California, raised in New Jersey, attended Bucknell University, and earned her MFA in Directing from Ohio University. She has a passion for travel and theatrical exploration. Whether she is collaborating abroad with the Hong Kong School for the Deaf on a visual theatre piece, or incorporating Chinese Water Sleeve choreography to make the Musical Theater International premiere of Just So Jr. fly off the page, Emily feels an immense gratitude for the diverse experiences from which she can draw to tell the stories worth telling. 

Websites: emilypenick.com  redstage.org  forwardflux.com acttheatre.org
Instagram: epenick

Emily working with lead actor, Nike Iromu, in tech for CORIOLANUS: FIGHT LIKE A BITCH

Emily working with lead actor, Nike Iromu, in tech for CORIOLANUS: FIGHT LIKE A BITCH

 
Emily in rehearsal for OTHELLO, at Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Emily in rehearsal for OTHELLO, at Seattle Shakespeare Company.


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